Thursday, October 30, 2008

Luke and Sophie and the Pumpkin Adventure

Today we took Luke and Sophie to a really cute pumpkin patch out in Milford. It was cold and just about nap time so we had to make it quick, but we managed to get some really cute pictures of Bubby and Sissy in their costumes. I also got a pumpkin to carve since I havn't done one yet this year. I love carving pumpkins and I always have to clean the seeds and then toast them in the oven with some cinnamon for a yummy treat. 

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Stampin Bella and Blog Candy

So since I've gotten all wrapped up in everything Stampin Up! I'm constantly cruising the net looking at anything and everything that has to do with doing so I've come across another wonderful stamping company that I am definitely getting hooked on. It's called Stampin Bella. They are just the cutest girly images and I love them! They are also sooo fun to color. I finally got a few bellas for my birthday but I havn't had a ton of time to play with them too much. I did get to make one card though...

The other wonderful thing that I've discovered since I've become an obsessive stamper is this thing called "Blog Candy". Sounds yummy huh? It's basically an incentive to get more visitors to your blog. Maybe someday I will get around to making and promoting my own blog candy but for now I've got my eye on some FABULOUS blog candy from Dannie's Blog. Of all the blog candy I've seen offered up at the numerous blogs I visit daily this is by far the most exciting. I love that it has a bunch of stamped Bella images...ooh I get excited just thinking about it! So you should check out Dannie's blog and all of her wonderful Bellas!
That's all for now. I'm crossing my fingers that I may get a chance to do some stamping this weekend, especially because I just got a huge shipment of Stampin Up! stuff from my workshop that I havn't had a chance to play with yet...but I have to work at Sephora a lot this!  I also have my Stampin Up! meeting on Sunday which is exciting because I have some fun stuff to show off and I get to participate in my first swap!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Yep-I'm still alive and stamping...

It's been a while since I've had a chance to do an update on here. I've been sooo busy. I started working at Sephora part time for the holiday season again this year, I had a birthday, and I was very busy getting ready for my very first Stampin Up! workshop. All the work I did for it was well worth it because my workshop was a success. It was really nice getting to share my new hobby with my friends and family. It was so funny to see my 70-something great aunt (who really just came to be supportive and to finally see my new apartment) get so excited over the Snail adhesive. She thought it was the coolest thing she'd ever seen and she bought two of them! I've always heard demonstrators say that it's so rewarding to watch people stamp and make cards for the first time and I finally got to experience it first hand. It was great...I can't wait to get that feeling over and over again.

Here are a bunch of pictures that I've been meaning 
to post for a while...
This is a spread of some of the stuff I had set up for my workshop. I used the Muirfield Designer Series Paper from Stampin Up! so everything looked coordinated and put together. I decorated the box one of my birthday gifts came in to use as my box to draw the door prize winners from. Then I altered a paint can to put some fancy flower pens in. I also used the same Designer paper to decorate a lunch box tin which I put my Holiday Mini catalogs in. Finally I altered some giant binder clips to coordinate and used them to hold my door prize slips and my online ordering flyers. The "enjoy" card was one of the make and takes we did at the workshop.
This is a close up of my altered binder clips and some RSVP pens that I decorated to coordinate with everything.
Some more altered goodies. The card in the back is the other make and take we did using the Live Life Like You Mean It Hostess set. On the left is a calender that I got at the $1.00 section at Michaels and altered it to my creative standards. I also made a cute little frame thing with some cherry coasters that I found at the $1.00 section at Joann's...which just so happened to coordinate perfectly with the cherry stamp from the Tart and Tangy stamp set.
This is my favorite thing that I've made lately. It's a box that contained a cute little candle that a friend got me for my birthday. The box was cute by itself with the fun crystal on top and it had my initial on the front...however I wanted to fancy it up even more. It may be hard to tell from the photo but the box is almost exactly the same color as "pink pirouette" (one of my favorite Stampin Up! In Colors). I went to town on it with my favorite Bella Rose designer series paper and some fabulous stamps and I love how it turned out!
This was the card that I demonstrated at my workshop. I got to demonstrate two different punches, including my favorite-the scallop edge. I also demonstrated the Stampin Pastels used with the blender pens. This was the card that got everyone thoroughly impressed with the Snail funny that everyone would be so drawn to such a simple little gizmo. I also demonstrated the beauty of being able to mount your Stampin Up! stamps with the sentiment separate from the image.
Last but not least, this is Bronx sporting part of her Halloween costume. As you can see, she's thrilled to be wearing a pumpkin hat! :)
That's all for now! Have a great Day!